2015 Fall Transformation Challenge Runner-Up
*Results not typical
I have always enjoyed a healthy competition; it helps me to deal with everyday stress. As a mother, children and their lives always seems to take priority leaving little to no time for exercise or a healthy lifestyle or at least that’s the excuse I so often use. As a single mother and with 5 children under my roof, busy doesn’t begin to describe my days. As a nurse I am up at 4 o’clock in the morning and go non-stop before I lay back down at 11pm. Always planning, coordinating and thinking how am I going to manage this? I was having constant headaches, gaining weight, never feeling rested, and looked a fright! Has cloning been perfected yet? I had to find some balance! I know all the mothers out there can relate when I say that I am very unhappy with my body after my children. The stretched skin and changes that come with having them is very depressing and impacts a woman psychologically. Every time I look in the mirror I know that even if I lost the weight the sagging skin would look even worse. So I put my clothes on and dismiss myself as unimportant, then focus on making everyone else happy. I dig really deep, muster up a smile, and walk out of my room a hypocrite every morning. I preach to my children about how important they are and how important it is to do what makes them happy. I teach them to not care what others think about them. All the while I am trying not to break into tears thinking of the college athlete that was fit and proud of her body and herself, now wasting away and not allowed to share how she really feels to protect her children. The anguish and shame is almost unbearable, but what we will do for our children, right? When one of the trainers at Life Time told me about the 90-Day Challenge I felt something that I hadn’t in quite a while, competition! Oh but wait, my children. I told my boyfriend and much to my surprise he volunteered to take over as mom. He told me to enter but only if I promised to win, because he wasn’t going to put himself through “you know what” playing mom to 5 kids unless I was going to completely commit and win. I cried as I threw myself into his arms. I weighed in at 158 lb. and 21.7% BF. Now I just had to figure out how in the world I was going to work myself into the schedule. I started by talking with the kids, asking for their support. All seemed to be set and ready for me to compete. Between sports commitments, lack of sleep, 5 kids to feed, homework, chores for the household and work, I began to crumble. Letting go is no easy task. How could I be so selfish to allow my boyfriend and oldest girls shoulder my responsibilities? And then to make matters worse, 3 kids come down with strep throat! Oh God, please keep me healthy so that I can take care of them as well as myself. Instead of staying with my workout regimen, I gave in feeling guilty and ashamed for not upholding my responsibilities as a mom. After a long night of talking with my boyfriend, I realized once again that my children were in good hands. I saw that I had fallen into a pit and I knew deep down only one thing would get me out. Being of a sports background myself, finding the motivation and determination to dig down deep was the easy part! I just had to make up my mind that I could do this! So I set a goal to follow a clean diet with lots of water, baked chicken and veggies, and not eating after 6 or 7pm. I also made sure that I was taking my multivitamins daily, along with my Omega 3’s. Almost every day, I would squeeze in 30 minutes to an hour of cardio, along with weight training, alternating from upper body to lower body workouts, and an occasional rest day in between. My personal relationship began to grow as well. We have so enjoyed working out together and coming up with new couples’ workouts. It’s amazing how after just a week of commitment, I began to feel so much better and already started seeing results! One of my most proud moments through this was hearing the children say how awesome I was for doing all of this! Every chance they had, they were out in our garage-gym working out with me too! I have been able to reach a body fat percentage in single digits, which is absolutely amazing for a 40-year-old woman.